Hurricanes Fall 3-0; Series Tied 1-1

Lethbridge Hurricanes     vs.     pats2015

Lethbridge Hurricanes (1-1)     vs.     Regina Pats (1-1)

The Lethbridge Hurricanes had designs on taking a 2-0 series lead heading to Regina, but the Pats played a perfect road game as they tied the series at one game apiece with a 3-0 win.

It was a game that was the complete opposite of Game One as it was far more methodical and tight. Despite that, Adam Brooks was again a huge factor as he potted two goals including the game-winner while being named first star of the game. Stuart Skinner was again sharp making countless saves keeping the ‘Canes in it but Lethbridge just couldn’t find their offence.

The Hurricanes had their chances early in the game including a Ryley Lindgren breakaway by Tyler Brown made a big save and that was a sign of things to come. Carter Folk had a partial breakaway later in the period but again Brown got just a piece of a backhand shot and steered it wide. The ‘Canes were outshot 11-8 in the opening period but were held without a shot in the final nine minutes of the period.

It continued to be a chess match early in the second period until Brooks opened the scoring on a defensive breakdown by the Hurricanes. Riley Woods on a strong forecheck dug out the puck and centered to Brooks who was all alone in the slot and he outwaited Skinner before snapping home his second of the series making it 1-0 Pats. The ‘Canes picked their game up in the back-half of the period, but a power play looked disjointed didn’t help them sustain any attack or momentum as the Pats led 1-0 after two periods of play. Hurricanes held the edge in shots in the middle frame 8-7.

Brooks put the ‘Canes down 2-0 on a partial breakaway as he snuck one under the arm of the Skinner just 1:35 into the third period as he was sprung by Austin Wagner. The ‘Canes tried to generate something as they reunited Tyler Wong with Brayden Burke and Giorgio Estephan and had a few good shifts including a Burke goal post but they just could not get anything by Brown. Another power play mid-period proved ineffective. The ‘Canes pulled the goalie late in the game but Sam Steel redirected a Cole Sanford shot to seal the 3-0 victory.

The Hurricanes outshot the Pats 11-10 in the third period but Regina held the edge 28-27 in the game. Lethbridge was 0/3 on the power play while Regina was 0/1.

Three stars of the game were:
1) Pats – #77 Adam Brooks – (2 goals, including game-winner)
2) Pats – #31 Tyler Brown – (27 saves, shutout)
3) ‘Canes – #74 Stuart Skinner – (25 saves)

The win for the Pats steals home ice advantage away from the Hurricanes as it evens the series at 1-1. The series now shifts to Regina for Games 3 and 4 on Tuesday and Wednesday before returning to Lethbridge for Game 5 on Friday night.


Hurricanes Take 1-0 Series Lead

Lethbridge Hurricanes     vs.      pats2015

Lethbridge Hurricanes (1-0)     vs.     Regina Pats (0-1)

The Lethbridge Hurricanes kicked off their post-season Friday night at the ENMAX Centre and it was a ‘Good Friday’ as the ‘Canes doubled up the Regina Pats 6-3 to take a 1-0 series lead in the best-of-seven first round matchup.

Brayden Burke and Cory Millette each scored twice while Egor Babenko and Arvin Atwal each had three assists in the victory. Stuart Skinner stopped 26 of 29 shots he saw in the game making some great saves including a two-on-nothing with Cole Sanford and Adam Brooks.

The Hurricanes didn’t take long to charge up an already exuberant crowd as Millette netted a power play goal just 1:54 into the period as he beat Tyler Brown on a backhand shot – Kord Pankewicz and Babenko picked up the assists. The ‘Canes added on their lead as Burke scored his first of two goals in the game at the 14:07 mark to make it 2-0 with a power play marker. Before the period was out, the Pats struck on the power play themselves as Adam Brooks scored on a five-on-three, cutting the lead to 2-1 after twenty minutes of play. Shots were tied 13-13 after the first period.

Regina had a strong start to the second period as the pushed the pace. Austin Wagner tied the game on a two-on-one as he beat Skinner with a laser to the top shelf just 4:16 into the middle period. With a power play, the Pats took the lead as Connor Hobbs blasted a point shot by a screened Skinner to make it 3-2 Pats. However, with 3:39 left in the middle frame, Carter Folk scored a beautiful goal in front of the net outwaiting Brown to tie the game at 3-3 heading into the third period. ‘Canes outshot the Pats 13-9 in the middle stanza.

The Hurricanes re-took the lead early in the third period as Burke had a puck deflect to him at the side of the net and from nearly the same spot as his first goal he found the net putting the ‘Canes back in front, 4-3. On yet another power play, Millette gave the ‘Canes some breathing room just five minutes later as he snapped home his second of the contest giving Lethbridge a 5-3 advantage. Kord Pankewicz rounded out the scoring with another power play goal at the 15:20 mark to give the ‘Canes a 6-3 lead.

The Hurricanes outshot the Pats 11-7 in the third period and 37-29 in the game. The ‘Canes were 4/12 on the power play while the Pats were 2/6.

Three stars of the game were:
1) ‘Canes – #10 Cory Millette – (2 goals, 1 assist)
2) Pats – #77 Adam Brooks – (1 goal, 2 assists)
3) ‘Canes – #19 Brayden Burke – (2 goals, including game-winner)

The win for the Hurricanes is their first playoff victory since April 1, 2009. The ‘Canes take a 1-0 series lead in the best-of-seven series with Game 2 slated Saturday at 7:00pm.

Tickets are still available by calling (403) 329-SEAT (7328) or by visiting the ENMAX Centre Ticket Centre.

Anholt & Kisio Draw Accolades

anholt-kisioThe Western Hockey League announced Wednesday that Lethbridge Hurricanes General Manager Peter Anholt has been named the Eastern Conference nominee for Executive of the Year and Head Coach Brent Kisio the Eastern Conference nominee for Coach of the Year.

Anholt, who was originally hired as the Hurricanes Assistant General Manager in the summer of 2014, overtook the General Manager’s role in December of 2014. In his first full season as GM, Anholt has made countless shrewd trades constructing an Eastern Conference juggernaut.

Kisio, who was hired in June of 2015, led the Hurricanes to their best overall record since 1996-1997 as a rookie head coach. The 33-year-old guided the Hurricanes to a 46-24-1-1 record in the 2015-2016 season and helped capture the franchise first Central Division title since 1996-1997. He led the ‘Canes to the second best home record in the WHL earning 28 home wins while finishing fourth in the overall WHL standings.

The Hurricanes kick of the 2016 WHL Playoffs on Friday night at the ENMAX Centre at 7:00pm with Game 1 of a best-of-seven series with the Regina Pats. Tickets are still available by visiting the ENMAX Centre Ticket Centre or by calling (403) 329-SEAT (7328).

Nielsen & Burke Named All-Stars

Nielsen-Burke-AwardsThe Western Hockey League announced Wednesday that Lethbridge Hurricanes defenseman Andrew Nielsen and forward Brayden Burke have both been named to the Eastern Conference All-Star teams for the 2015-2016 regular season.

Nielsen was named to the Eastern Conference’s First All-Star Team for his tremendous season. The 19-year-old from Red Deer, Alberta appeared in 71 games this season collecting 70 points (18g-52a) along with a plus-30 ranking. He became just the third Hurricane defenseman to reach the 70-point plateau in a single season joining Shane Peacock and Darcy Werenka as the only others. Nielsen finished third in WHL scoring among defenseman.

Burke was named to the Eastern Conference’s Second All-Star Team. The sophomore had a breakout year appearing in all 72 games this season collecting 109 points (27g-82a) along with a team-high plus-36 rating. Burke became the first Hurricane to reach the 100-point plateau since Jeremy Jackson accomplished the feat in 2002-2003. His 109 points ranked him third in WHL scoring this year.

The Hurricanes kick of the 2016 WHL Playoffs on Friday night at the ENMAX Centre at 7:00pm with Game 1 of a best-of-seven series with the Regina Pats. Tickets are still available by visiting the ENMAX Centre Ticket Centre or by calling (403) 329-SEAT (7328).

Hurricanes to Face Pats in Round 1

playoffs-whlThe Lethbridge Hurricanes Hockey Club will begin the 2016 Western Hockey League playoffs with a best-of-seven first round series against the Regina Pats

The series will begin on Friday, March 25th at the ENMAX Centre 7:00pm with Game 2 slated for Saturday, March 26th at 7:00pm before the series shifts to Regina.

Game Visitor Home Date Time Venue
1 Regina @ Lethbridge Friday, March 25 7:00 Enmax Centre
2 Regina @ Lethbridge Saturday, March 26 7:00 Enmax Centre
3 Lethbridge @ Regina Tuesday, March 29 7:00 Brandt Centre
4 Lethbridge @ Regina Wednesday, March 30 7:00 Brandt Centre
5* Regina @ Lethbridge Friday, April 1 7:00 Enmax Centre
6* Lethbridge @ Regina Tuesday, April 5 7:00 Brandt Centre
7* Regina @ Lethbridge Wednesday, April 6 7:00 Enmax Centre

It was a wild season series between the Hurricanes and Pats with the ‘Canes posting a 1-2-0-1 record against Regina.

Single game playoff tickets went on sale on Saturday, March 19th at 10:00am. You can purchase your tickets for the first two games of the series by visiting the ENMAX Centre Ticket Centre or by calling (403) 329-SEAT (7328).

Hurricanes End Regular Season with 4-2 Loss

Lethbridge Hurricanes     vs.     Tigers

Lethbridge Hurricanes (46-24-1-1)     vs.     Medicine Hat Tigers (30-37-3-2)

The Lethbridge Hurricanes wrapped up the regular season on Saturday night by dropping a 4-2 decision in Medicine Hat against the Tigers at the Canalta Centre.

The loss for the Hurricanes ends the regular season with a 46-24-1-1 on the season. Arvin Atwal led all ‘Canes scorers with a goal and one assist in his final regular season game of his career while Clayton Kirichenko led the Tigers with a pair of assists.

Tigers, who needed a victory and an Edmonton loss in regulation, played a very strong game in front of a packed crowd. Medicine Hat struck first as Ty Schultz beat Jayden Sittler with a high wrist shot from the right point after a faceoff win just 3:20 into the game to make it 1-0. The ‘Canes equalized at the 10:12 mark as Jordy Bellerive jumped on an Atwal rebound and shelfed it over the blocker of Nick Schneider for his 11th goal of the season as the ‘Canes tied the game 1-1 with the power play goal. With just 1:51 left in the period though, the Tigers retook the lead as Ryan Jevne let a bullet go that beat Sittler as a power play goal of their own gave the Tigers are 2-1 advantage after one period of play. The Hurricanes were outshot 12-9 in the opening period.

Despite some great chances for both teams in the second period, both goalies stood tall as neither team was able to find the net in the middle period. Sittler made countless great saves, including a pair of two-on-one’s, to keep the ‘Canes within one of Medicine Hat. Tigers outshot the Hurricanes 11-7 in the middle stanza.

It didn’t take long for Medicine Hat to build on their lead as Brian Williams redirected a Kirichenko point shot through the legs of Sittler just 1:26 into the third period to give the Tigers a 3-1 lead. Two minutes later, the ‘Canes struck again, cutting the lead to just one goal as Atwal sniped one by Schneider to cut the lead back to 3-2. Hurricanes continued to push but Schneider was outstanding making some key saves including a post-to-post stop on Egor Babenko. The ‘Canes pulled the goalie in hopes of generating a game-tying goal but it was Zach Fischer who deposited the puck into the empty net to make it a 4-2 final.

The Hurricanes had a strong third period outshooting the Tigers 15-9 but the edge went to the Tigers in the game 32-31. The ‘Canes went 1/4 on the power play while the Tabbies went 1/3.

Three stars of the game were:
1) Tigers – #31 Nick Schneider – (29 saves)
2) Tigers – #9 Zach Fischer – (1 goal)
3) ‘Canes – #4 Arvin Atwal – (1 goal, 1 assist)

The Hurricanes for the first time in six seasons will appeared in the WHL playoffs as they will face the Regina Pats starting next Friday at the ENMAX Centre. Tickets are available by visiting the ENMAX Centre Ticket Centre or by calling (403) 329-SEAT (7328).

Hurricanes Clinch Division with 9-3 Win Over Tigers

Lethbridge Hurricanes     vs.     Tigers

Lethbridge Hurricanes (46-23-1-1)     vs.     Medicine Hat Tigers (29-37-3-2)

The Lethbridge Hurricanes kicked off the final weekend of the regular season with their home finale against the Medicine Hat Tigers on Friday night with a chance to clinch the Central Division and the ‘Canes delivered a 9-3 win in front of a sellout crowd of 5,320 fans at the ENMAX Centre to claim their first Division title since 1996-1997.

The game featured a bit of everything: lots of goals, big hits, post-period scrums and a goal by a goaltender as Stuart Skinner potted an empty net goal while making 38 saves in the win. A total of 15 of 18 Hurricane skaters, not including Skinner, registered at least a point while six had multi-point efforts.

The Hurricanes jumped on the board 8:39 into the opening period as Tyler Wong tracked down a Tiger on a ferocious fore-check, stole the puck and centered to Ryley Lindgren who made no mistake chipping one over Tigers’ goalie Nick Schneider to make it 1-0; the assist for Wong extended his personal point scoring streak to 14 games. The ‘Canes made it 2-0 just under five minutes later as Ben Duperreault pick-pocketed Ty Stanton, cut to the goal and outwaited Schneider slipping one home to give the ‘Canes a two-goal advantage after twenty minutes of play. The ‘Canes were outshot 13-11 in the first period.

Just 1:39 into the second period, the ‘Canes made it 3-0 as Cory Millette had a Jordy Bellerive shot deflect off his knee and in for his 34th goal of the season on a power play. Tigers netted a power play goal of their own as David Quenneville jumped on a rebound off a Zach Fischer shot to cut the lead to 3-1. However, the Hurricanes pressed for more and just over four minutes later Wong tucked home his team-leading 43rd of the season to make it 4-1. Brayden Burke added his 26th of the season a breakaway with just 49 seconds left as the ‘Canes held a 5-1 lead after two periods.

In the third, the roof exploded in the ENMAX Centre. Burke netted his second of the night, and 27th of the season, just 6:12 into the game. The Tigers potted a pair of power play goals just 48 seconds apart as Quenneville and Fischer beat Skinner. Medicine Hat pulled the goalie with over four minutes left and the ‘Canes made them pay. First Colton Kroeker potted an empty before Skinner sent one 200-feet into the net to erupt the ENMAX Centre volcano. Ryan Vandervlis added one for good measure making it a 9-3 final.

The Hurricanes were outshot 17-9 in the final twenty minutes and 41-31 overall in the game. The ‘Canes went 2/3 on the power play while the Tigers were 3/6 on the man advantage.

Three stars of the game were:
1) ‘Canes – #10 Cory Millette – (1 goal, 1 assist)
2) ‘Canes – #4 Arvin Atwal – (1 assist)
3) ‘Canes – #74 Stuart Skinner – (1 goal, 38 saves)

The Hurricanes improve to 46-23-1-1 on the season and end the regular campaign with a 28-7-0-1 record on home ice. The Hurricanes will complete the regular season Saturday night when they travel to visit the Medicine Hat Tigers at the Canalta Centre.

Tickets for the first round of the post-season go on sale Saturday morning at 10:00am. Tickets can be purchased at the ENMAX Centre Ticket Centre or by calling (403) 329-SEAT (7328).